The Relationship Between the Two
If you suffer from asthma, you know how much outdoor pollutants like pollen and grasses can trigger a shortness of breath, coughing, chest tightness, and more. But did you also know that indoor air pollutants can do the same thing? If the quality of your indoor air isn’t very good, you could be making life more difficult than it needs to be.
First of all, what is asthma? Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the respiratory system, causing it to inflame and constrict. Asthma affects almost 25 million Americans and has no cure, but can be regulated by using medical treatment and by keeping environmental triggers to a minimum. Symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
The Effects of Indoor Air
Most people spend the majority of their time indoors, which means they’re breathing recirculated air instead of fresh air. If your heater or air conditioner has filters that haven’t been cleaned, you and your family members are subject to dust, dirt, bacteria, and dander. Cigarette smoke, wood fire smoke, and soot are also common airborne elements in households.
Any or all of these particles can heighten asthma symptoms and even trigger asthma attacks.
You can prevent your indoor air from worsening a person’s asthma traits by keeping particles out of your HVAC filters. Your filters should be changed or cleaned once every 2-3 months. To be even more preventative, keep your house clean – vaccuum your carpets and dust regularly to minimize airborne particles.
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